Gone are the days when suits and ties were the norm. It’s obvious that business attire has changed significantly over the years, especially in the last 20 years. Too many people have forgotten why proper business attire is important. It seems as though the younger you are, the less you care about the idea of “dressing to impress” in the workplace. The philosophy could be, “As long as I do my job, what I choose to wear should be no big deal.”
I do believe there are dress codes in place in the workplace for a reason and there should be a difference between the way you dress for work and the way you dress at home or when you go to the club. Millennial workplace expert Lindsay Pollak says, “…people really do judge your professionalism based on how you look…But even as workplace dress codes change, one thing does not: Dressing for success still matters.”
And yes, Lindsay is right, but, on the other hand, maybe these are Millennials who are just starting out and really don’t know what dressing to impress means. They don’t know how their attire brands them. Maybe they don’t have the money to afford what is classified as real business attire or maybe they just can’t invest because they have other obligations like “family.”
But you know what? I dispel that theory because I have found some very nice things at thrift store.
Perhaps being an aging baby boomer has turned me into an old-fashioned, judgmental cynic who is trying to raise everyone else’s dress code standards based on my own. After all, I’ve been in the workforce more nearly 40 years so I ought to know a thing or two about dressing to impress, right?
Whatever else we think about dressing for success, we need to be reminded that first impressions are everything, and we only get one chance to make a positive first impression. What you choose to wear in a business environment cane make or break your publicity image. Even if you think showing a little more cleavage or other parts of your anatomy is sexy, it sends the wrong message about who you might really be.
And even Mark Zuckerberg could use a few tips on how to dress to impress. But I guess wearing a hoodie and flip flops doesn’t matter when you own the Company.